NEW YEAR NEWS! Byrd Bennett discovers that Chicago schools have auditoriums, other meeting spaces!

Nearly two years after she was first hired as a $27,000-per-month consultant to Chicago's public schools while completing her job destroying the public schools of Detroit, Chicago schools "Chief Executive Officer" Barbara Byrd Bennet discovered that most Chicago schools have large auditoriums and other meetings spaces, and that "hearings" and other events organized to undermine, sabotage and privatize the city's real public schools can be held on campus rather than in churches, park fieldhouses, and other venues. The revelation came in a late afternoon press release issued by the CPS "Office of Communications" on January 3, 2014, announcing public hearings on the relocation of two specialized schools.

Substance was unable to confirm the rumor that U.S.Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was offering funding for the purchase of Predator drones by school districts which were facing increasing opposition to charter school expansion and Common Core manipulations. Rumors that a drone been stationed at various times over Lake Mighican at 39th St. scanning the area along Ellis Ave. have also been discounted.The upcoming meetings are about the relocation of "Frazier Prep," a real public school, and "Urban Prep," a charter school.

-- Frazier Prep Relocation?

-- First Community Meeting?Tuesday, Jan. 7, ?6:30 to 8:30 p.m.?Manley High School?2935 W. Polk St.

-- Second Community Meeting?Tuesday, Jan. 14, ?6:30 to 8:30 p.m.?Manley High School?2935 W. Polk St.

-- Urban Prep Relocation ?

-- First Community Meeting, ?Thursday, Jan. 9, ?6:30 to 8:30 p.m.?Dunbar High School?, 3000 S. King Dr.

-- Second Community Meeting, Thursday, Jan. 16, ?6:30 to 8:30 p.m.?Dunbar High School, ?3000 S. King Dr.

The announcement came following more than a year of speculation that the top executives in Byrd Bennett's so-called "cabinet" knew so little about the third largest school system in the USA that they were all equipped with security aides who had passed the grueling taxi driver city test and were given GPS systems when their chauffeurs were not available.

Since May 2011, when Rahm Emanuel appointed his Board of Education, the majority of those appointed to the highest paid executive positions in Chicago Public Schools, beginning with Jean-Claude Brizard (CPS CEO v. 1.0) and Barbara Byrd Bennett (CEO 2.0) were hired from out of town on orders of the mayor and the Broad Foundation. The result was that for the first time in Chicago history, the city's top school officials knew little or nothing about the schools, and gained all of their information from Power Point presentation and Excel and other spreadsheets, which presented them with a version of what the mayor and his minions consider a "bottom line." The Byrd Bennett cabinet members, who are assembled before the public once a month during the Board of Education's meetings, usually devote a great deal of their time checking Apps on their iPhones rather than listening to complaints from peasants from across a city they don't know.

Substance was unable to check out a rumor that CPS officials were considering the purchase of drones with the assistance of Common Core dollars awarded for innovations and incubations in education reform by the administration of Arne Duncan.


January 3, 2014

CHICAGO Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today reminded parents and community stakeholders that it will hold community meetings to receive public comment on recently proposed transition plans for Urban Prep Academy for Young Men-Bronzeville and Frazier Prep Academy Elementary School for School Year 20142015 (SY14-15). The District's proposed transition plans aim to provide a more equitable distribution of space for these schools and were among recommendations included in the District's most recent Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP).

"Our goal is to provide every student from every neighborhood a positive learning environment that equips them with the tools they need to be 100 percent college ready and college bound," said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. "I encourage parents and community stakeholders to review the proposed transitions and voice their opinions during the upcoming community meetings, which will help inform our decision-making on how to provide high quality education options for the Bronzeville and North Lawndale communities."

Under the proposed transition plans, Frazier Prep, which currently shares a campus with Frazier IB, would relocate to nearby Herzl Elementary School. This move would allow Frazier IB, a Level 1 U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon school, to expand by adding additional seats. The recommendation to expand Frazier IB was outlined in the EFMP as a means to increase access to high-quality academic options in the North Lawndale community.

Additionally, Urban Prep would move from Drake Elementary School's building and co-locate with Doolittle Elementary School, which currently shares a campus with Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts). At this time, CPS is working to find a permanent facilities solution for ChiArts that meets the unique needs of the school community.

Urban Prep's proposed move also was outlined in the EFMP in conjunction with Drake's expansion as part of the District's larger strategy to increase rigorous school options in Bronzeville, which also includes the addition of IB programs at Wells and Mollison. If approved, this transition would benefit both school communities as Drake would be able to fully utilize its current building and Urban Prep-Bronzeville would have full use of a stand-alone building on Doolittle's campus with shared access to Doolittle's auditorium and gymnasium, as needed.

The schedule for the upcoming community meetings for Urban Prep and Frazier Prep follows:

Frazier Prep Relocation?First Community Meeting?Tuesday, Jan. 7?6:30 to 8:30 p.m.?Manley High School?2935 W. Polk St.

Second Community Meeting?Tuesday, Jan. 14?6:30 to 8:30 p.m.?Manley High School?2935 W. Polk St.

Urban Prep Relocation ?First Community Meeting?Thursday, Jan. 9?6:30 to 8:30 p.m.?Dunbar High School?3000 S. King Dr.

Second Community Meeting?Thursday, Jan. 16?6:30 to 8:30 p.m.?Dunbar High School?3000 S. King Dr.

In addition to community meetings, CPS will host public hearings regarding these proposals on January 23 at its downtown headquarters located at 125 S. Clark Street from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. Those interested in viewing the proposed transition plans can visit


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